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  • Thomas Szasz
    Thomas Szasz
    American psychiatrist 1920-
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    Men are afraid to rock the boat in which they hope to drift safely through life's currents, when, actually, the boat is stuck on a sandbar. They would be better off to rock the boat and try to shake it loose, or, better still, jump in the water and swim for the shore.
  • Robert Frost
    Robert Frost
    American poet 1874-1963
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    Ah, when to the heart of man was it ever less than a treason to go with the drift of things to yield with a grace to reason and bow and accept at the end of a love or a season.
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    Oliver Wendell Holmes
    American writer and poet 1809-1894
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    I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
  • C. Wright Mills
    C. Wright Mills
    American sociologist 1916-1962
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    If you do not specify and confront real issues, what you say will surely obscure them. If you do not embody controversy, what you say will be an acceptance of the drift to the coming human hell.
    Source: Foreword, The Marxists (1962)
  • Samuel Beckett
    Samuel Beckett
    Irish dramatist and novelist 1906-1989
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    Just under the surface I shall be, all together at first, then separate and drift, through all the earth and perhaps in the end through a cliff into the sea, something of me. A ton of worms in an acre, that is a wonderful thought, a ton of worms, I believe it.
  • Ben Nicholson
    Ben Nicholson
    English painter 1894-1982
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    Satire is fascinating stuff. It's deadly serious, and when politics begin to break down, there is a drift towards satire, because it's the only thing that makes any sense.
  • Edward de Bono
    Edward de Bono
    Maltese physician, psychologist, philosopher, author and inventor 1933-
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    Some people drift along like a cork on a river, feeling that they cannot do anything except drift, moment to moment. This is an attitude of mind. Everyone can be constructive even in tiny ways.
  • Ogden Nash
    Ogden Nash
    American poet 1902-1971
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    The further through life I drift the more obvious it becomes that I am lacking in thrift.
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
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    The philosopher is Nature's pilot. And there you have our difference: to be n hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.
  • Albert Einstein
    Albert Einstein
    German - American physicist 1879-1955
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    The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.
  • Walt Whitman
    Walt Whitman
    American poet, essayist, and journalist 1819-1892
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    The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything.
  • Winston Churchill
    Winston Churchill
    English statesman 1874-1965
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    They are decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.
  • Boethius
    Boethius
    Roman senator, consul, magister officiorum, and philosopher
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    Thus, where'er the drift of hazard
    Seems most unrestrained to flow,
    Chance herself is reined and bitted,
    And the curb of law doth know.
    Source: De Consolatione Philosophia
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
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    To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer.
  • Henri-Frédéric Amiel
    Henri-Frédéric Amiel
    Swiss philosopher and poet 1821-1881
    Henri-Frédéric Amiel
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    To depersonalize man is the dominant drift of our times.
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